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Thorrington Tide Mill and Attached Dam Wall to North West

A Grade II* Listed Building in Thorrington, Essex

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Latitude: 51.8347 / 51°50'4"N

Longitude: 1.021 / 1°1'15"E

OS Eastings: 608234

OS Northings: 219438

OS Grid: TM082194

Mapcode National: GBR TQ7.T4R

Mapcode Global: VHKGF.N43V

Plus Code: 9F33R2MC+V9

Entry Name: Thorrington Tide Mill and Attached Dam Wall to North West

Listing Date: 29 April 1952

Last Amended: 10 April 1987

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1265152

English Heritage Legacy ID: 425904

Location: Thorrington, Tendring, Essex, CO7

County: Essex

Civil Parish: Thorrington

Built-Up Area: Thorrington

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Frating with Thorrington

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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TM 10 NE
6/149 Thorrington Tide Mill and
attached dam wall to north
west (formerly listed as
29.4.52 Thorrington Mill,
Brightlingsea Road)


Tide will. C19. On site of former mills. Timber framed and weatherboarded,
brick plinth. Grey slate roof. 3 storeys, loft and lucam. South face, 2
window range of 6 paned casements, small paned vertically sliding sash to north,
east gable with lucam supported by timber struts, central halved door to second
floor and halved door to left of ground floor. West face, window to loft. The
flanged cast iron breast shot waterwheel is mounted on a cast iron wheel shaft
which passes through tile base of this wall. Eight angled spokes were bolted
into the hub. There are remains of timber around the rim. Many of the bucket-
supports are in-situ. Interior of 3 x 4 bays, large section storey posts,
through bracing to walls. Central down braced storey post to third floor.
Chamfered bridging joists, side purlin ridge board roof. Drop doors to each
floor. The pit wheel is mounted on the wheel shaft and consists of a wooden rim
with cast iron spokes. A segmented ring of cast iron teeth is bolted to the
wooden rim, which shows evidence of earlier wooden teeth and wooden spokes. The
pit wheel engages a cast iron wallower mounted at the base of a wooden upright
shaft. Mounted above the wallower is a wooden clasp-iron great spurwheel with
wooden teeth. The spurwheel engages cast iron stone nuts on the spindles of 3
pairs of millstones above. The tentering gear for adjusting the millstones is
present, together with a device for putting the stone nuts out of gear when not
in use. Climbing to the stone floor the 3 pairs of 4 foot French burr stones
are visible. One runner stone and all the stone cases and hoppers are missing.
Above the stones, on the upright shaft is a compass-arm wooden crown wheel, with
wooden teeth engaging a small pinion on a horizontal layshaft. This layshaft
drove the sack hoist and dressing machines by belt. Also on the stone floor is
a Simon dressing reel. Above the stone floor the bin floor is empty except for
the sack hoist drum. The loft above the bin floor has access to the lucam.
This is the only remaining Tide Mill in Essex and one of the very few left in
East Anglia. The dam wall is of red brick, mainly covered with earth and
gravel. information from V.G. Pargetter, County Millwright.

Listing NGR: TM0823419441

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